I met up with Tim at Breadworks at 7:00 this morning for a ride with some distance. I haven’t done much of that recently. I rode the rSogn. Tim was on his Lightspeed.
Within 15 miles I was hurting. We were pushing into a headwind. I made it known that I wasn’t sure of completing the ride. Tim suffered through my bitching and we rode on.
We stopped at Iroquois Park to rest, and for me to decide if I could go on. Tim cajoled me into continuing, against my better judgement. He did change the route slightly to avoid a road that I loathe.
We cruised to the Jefferson Forest area, and rode a couple of hills. Tim waited for me as I fell behind.
After the two hills, it was mostly flat. Before long, we turned and enjoyed a tailwind. The tailwind made me feel so good, I pushed the pace too much, and bonked later.
With another stop for refreshments, I was able to continue. This ride wasn’t my best showing, but I need to build my fitness back up. I ended the day with just over 50 miles.
I took no pictures. There were a lot of other cyclists out. It was a great day. The forecast rain never materialized. It did get quite hot near the end of the ride.
I’m considering this ride the first step to getting back in shape.